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Road Traffic Act

Home Department written question – answered on 27th October 2005.

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Photo of Sir David Amess Sir David Amess Conservative, Southend West

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the operation of (a) section 16, (b) section 27 and (c) sections 28 and 29 of the Road Traffic Act 1988.

Photo of Hazel Blears Hazel Blears Minister of State (Home Office) (Policing, Security and Community Safety), Member, Labour Party National Executive Committee

These provisions govern the wearing of protective headgear by motorcyclists, the keeping of dogs on a lead on designated roads and dangerous, careless and inconsiderate cycling. We believe the offences they create serve a useful road safety purpose. Their enforcement is a matter for the police. Chief officers of police are best placed to decide on the level of priority that should be given to these offences in the light of their perceived seriousness, conflicting demands on police time and resources, and local circumstances.

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